It’s been a great year for sport this year, but 2018 is set to be even better.
Across all major sports, British athletes are flying high, while every English club made it through to the Champions League knockout stages. In football, we’re likely to see records broke and have a World Cup to look forward to. In the cricket we’ve got another battle against the Aussies in a one day series, and elsewhere there’s the Winter Olympics, Tour de France, heavyweight boxing titles and much more.
At Freebets.com we’ll be keeping our eye on all the action and we even have a few predictions before the new year has gotten underway.
Mourinho To Be Sacked
José Mourinho hasn’t had the best of times lately and if things continue, Man United fans might be asking for the door to be shown.
His tenure is already being questioned after a poor December, falling even further behind City, and the fact he’s complained about £300million spent not being enough for him won’t sit well.
He’s 40/1 to be the next manager gone, which is no surprise given Mark Hughes’ current form with Stoke, but by the time the season’s out, we wouldn’t be surprised.
Cristiano Ronaldo To Leave Real Madrid
You get the sense Cristiano Ronaldo is getting itchy feet at Madrid and we’d be surprised if he doesn’t make a move in the summer.
Rumour has it he’s asked for a €100m asking price with Florentino Perez. Clubs will be lining up at that. The 32-year-old would be most welcomed at Old Trafford you’d expect and it’s likely they won’t be afraid of that asking price.
If Real Madrid don’t succeed in the Champions League and continue to fall behind in La Liga, we could see the Portuguese star back in the Premier League.
Team GB To Win Third Consecutive Female Skeleton Gold
If you’re looking for world-class Britons, you needn’t look further than Lizzy Yarnold.
She has had a rough season so far in the skeleton but we believe she’ll turn things around ahead of the Winter Olympics on February.
She finished 13th in the Skeleton World Cup earlier this month, but like with all Team GB programs, it’s all about the Olympics.
If not Gold for Lizzy, we expect her to have the metal for a medal. The British men are also in with a splendid chance of earning a medal in this event.
Chris Froome To Win Three Consecutive Grand Tours
There won’t be much money going on Chris Froome right now given that he could be banned from next year’s Giro d’Italia.
Yet, he has maintained his innocence and as it stands will be competing in the first Grand Tour of 2018 and we’d fancy him to win it.
The Team Sky rider has been phenomenal in recent years and is well worth a free bet to do it. He’ll become only the third rider to win three consecutive Grand Tours after the great Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault. We’d back him.
Also, in Grand Tour betting, we’d fancy Geraint Thomas to podium in 2018.
Tyson Fury To Beat Anthony Joshua
2018 will see the return of Tyson Fury and we’re all set to see one of the biggest British fights of all time between the Wythenshawe man and Anthony Joshua.
While Joshua will be highly favoured, Fury has shocked before and is an extremely awkward fighter.
We could see Fury vs Shannon Briggs first in April and if the Gypsy King can get through that unscathed, let’s not pretend he won’t be Joshua’s biggest ever test.
He’s clever, has a huge reach and can cause big problems. He’s proved it before, he can prove it again.
England To Win The World Cup??
Yeh, who are we kidding. The bookies are currently giving England odds of 16/1 to win the World Cup and we’d consider those enhanced odds.
Anything can happen though and if the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford can remain dangerous, who knows?
We can all hope anyway!